8 career options that you may choose after you graduate

career confusion

What should I do after graduation? I am totally confused. Don’t know what next?

If such questions are bothering you, you are not alone. Every college student goes through this phase (especially in the last year) and while you will have to figure this out yourself, the list below presents some of the options that you may consider and could be a good starting point.

When it comes to starting your career, keep these basic rules in mind –

1. Don’t worry too much about money at the start of your career, even if your career goal is to earn LOT of money (nothing wrong with that) eventually! In initial few years, your focus should be more on learning than earning. Remember Amir Khan’s dialogue from 3 idiots “Baccha kabil bano, kabil … kamyabi to sali jhak maar ke peeche bhagegi”

2. Choose a career that you think would make you happy. It is easier said than done. First of all, figuring out what makes you happy requires lot of soul searching and many times, even after doing that you may not have any clue on what you want from your life. But what you can certainly do is not choosing a career that you know would surely make you unhappy. If you hate programming, don’t sit for that software job. If you are really an introvert who would rather be by himself/herself, don’t go for that marketing interview. An extension of this thought is that don’t choose a career that others (parents, society, friends) think would be good for you. Remember you will be living this life; it has to resonate with you.

3. Be prepared for a long haul to achieve success. Pretty much everything is possible if you are willing to work incredibly hard over a long period of time. If you look for shortcuts, or give up too soon – you would be swinging from one job to another without really being content.

So with these 3 rules in mind, here are the 8 common career options you could consider for life after graduation –

1. Campus Placement: Bored of studying? If you don’t want to study further or at least for few years and want to earn your own money and get a feel of the real world, then doing a job is a good option. This will give you some direction to your career and you will get some more time to know what else you want in your life, that too at the expense of someone else’s money. You can go for private/ public sector jobs. Indian market is flourishing and there are many new opportunities available.

2. Do M.S. /M. Tech: If you love technology, then you can pursue your interests further by doing an M.S. from abroad or M.Tech from the top Indian Institutes like IITs, IISc, NITs and many other universities. For M.S you can give GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) and for M.Tech you can give GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering).

3. Go for an MBA: If you imagine yourself working for an MNC, managing people, resources and great deals for the company, leading a group of people as a project manager then MBA is a great choice for you. But again just don’t do it because your friends want to do it or an MBA offers high salary. In PGP (Post Graduate Program), which almost all management colleges in India offer, you may specialize in your area of interests like HR, Marketing, and Sales etc. In India, CAT (Common Admission Test) serves as a gateway for an MBA at the IIMs and many other leading institutes. There are some other popular colleges which have their own entrance exams like XAT (Xavier), NMAT, SNAP, CMAT, TISS, IRMA etc. For MBA from abroad you can write GMAT.
Remember an MBA is mostly the last chance you would have to make a career switch, so use this chance judiciously. You can always go for an MBA after 2 years of working in technology domain but no other way round. A bit of work ex. also makes your MBA experience richer as you are able to appreciate the concepts taught and can relate them to real world situations.

4. Join Civil Services: If you want to change the system in India, then get in the system and clean it. If you want to serve the nation and play an important role in building the country then join Civil Services. The UPSC (Union Public Services Commission) offers various options like civil services (IAS, IFS, IRS, IPS), engineering services, economic services, forest services etc.

5. Join Defense Services: If you get goose bumps every time you see the men in uniform and want to live life on the edge and have the courage to sacrifice everything for India, then join the Indian Army, the Indian Navy or the Indian Air Force. You can also join the technical staff by applying through the University Entry Scheme (UES), apply on their respective websites or appear for the AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test). Also, you can apply for flying positions in Indian Air Force by clearing AFCAT.

6. Start your own company: Entrepreneurship can be the best option to chase your dreams and interests on your own terms. If you have a brilliant idea, are comfortable taking risks and have confidence in yourself, then go ahead and be your own boss.

7. Social Service: Every time you see small children serving you a chai or people dying of hunger or poverty, and you feel the pain, curse yourself for being helpless, then go and work for them. Maybe it won’t be that rewarding or offering a great 6 digit salary, but the contentment you will get will be priceless. Bring the change you wish to see. It’s never too late for it. Moreover, the salaries in social sector are now changing for better.

8. Explore the artist in you: What else do you want from life when your passion is your profession. If dancing, writing, photography or doing theatre is your passion and did engineering under parental pressure; even now it’s not too late. Get the professional training and chase your dreams. I bet you will see no other person happier and satisfied than yourself on this planet. There are far too many examples these days where people are pursuing really offbeat careers and days of choosing a ‘safe’ job are behind us – with increasing globalization and explosion of internet technologies, there are opportunities in every field.

Hope this helps. If you have any specific career queries that you would like to ask Internshala, leave them in comments – we will be most happy to answer!

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21 thoughts on “8 career options that you may choose after you graduate

  • January 19, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Sir i want to make my career in research in foreign universities.please give me some tips if possible.i am a final year student of b.tech in mech engg.Thank you

  • January 20, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Sir/Madam, I have finished my MSc computers in 2013. I m looking for job in IT sector to gain experience. But I find very few openings for MSc. I want to get into research after some experience. Apart from UGC-NET is there any other entrance where I can try for Research? Will there be scope if I do further studies in any good private university ?..

  • January 21, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    I heard from somewhere that GENPACT offers MBA degree while working.
    I would be thankful to you if could give me some information and tell me are such courses valuable or is it just for the degree?

  • January 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    i m a student of civil engineering second year from nit warangal. i have no idea what i wish to take up as a career. i am fond of automobiles. i can say i am an extrovert as i can easily talk to new people but cant convince them entirely!! i even have stage fright. but i can go on to take risks. and like to live life full size with adventurous trips and travelling!!
    i know i have made things difficult for you but pleassseee can you suggest me some career options!!

  • January 30, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    @Shakunthala M K
    Hi Shakunthala,

    I do not have much idea about research job in IT sector. But there are many internships at IT start-ups (http://internshala.com/internships/engineering-internship) you can consider applying– many of them offer full time job on completion of internship. Apart from this, you may also consider writing to professors (India & abroad) for doing research fellowship under their guidance.

    All the best!
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  • August 9, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Sir i want to be a respectful person first for my family and society and then i want to do prectise for army i m only 12th paas student and now doing BTM in coll can you help me i want to focus on my dream

  • June 30, 2018 at 1:32 PM

    These are great career options. Thanks for sharing it.

  • November 9, 2018 at 12:13 AM

    U talked about social services getting Salary ,can u plz name them and how to join them

  • November 28, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    I have spent almost 6 years in IT with no passion at all for coding and now my situation is that i constantly feel negative and i regret about my decisions for all these years. I always wonder why i didn’t change my career way before.

    • November 28, 2018 at 6:13 PM

      u r PAST is running on my PRESENT mam

  • November 28, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    how can i enter into teaching field (MATHS) after my graduation

    • November 29, 2018 at 1:11 PM

      Hi Venkat,

      You could start your journey with an internship in the teaching field. Please register on Internshala here – http://bit.ly/new-registration. Once you’ve registered and logged into your account, you may enter ‘Teaching’ in the ‘Category’ tab provided on the left-hand side of the page.

      Thanks~ Stelin

  • December 3, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Wow, I was looking for something like this only. My brother has just completed the graduation and we are looking for some course after graduation. I have read the whole blog about various career options with the help of the PGDM program. Thanks for such valuable pieces of information put in.

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